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NCP chief Sharad Pawar urges sugar sector to shift its focus

Sharad Pawar was addressing a conclave, held at the Y B Chavan Centre, on agriculture to mark the birth centenary of Annasaheb Shinde, the Congress stalwart who had planned the Green Revolution in the 1970s with Babu Jagjivan Ram, Subramanian and others.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar urges sugar sector to shift its focus
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The NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who allegedly has strong control over the sugar industry in the state, has urged farmers to devote greater attention to its byproducts. He also stated that it’s time to think of a shift in the sugar sector.

On Wednesday, January 27, Sharad Pawar was addressing a conclave, held at the Y B Chavan Centre, on agriculture to mark the birth centenary of Annasaheb Shinde, the Congress stalwart who had planned the Green Revolution in the 1970s with Babu Jagjivan Ram, C Subramanian and Dr M S Swaminathan.

While talking to farmers, Pawar said that they should devote greater attention to its byproducts such as ethanol and molasses to generate sustainable energy. He gave an example of sugar cane juice, which can make ethanol and molasses and further it could be used as CNG.

The Centre ought to handle the ongoing farmers’ stir in New Delhi with sensitivity. Those in power should see that farmers, who are agitating against the agriculture laws braving punishing cold, do not take recourse to extreme measures out of frustration, added Pawar.

Meanwhile, observers said that Pawar has indicated that the sugar cooperatives, which form the backbone of Maharashtra politics and which often come under fire for the emphasis on sugarcane, the water-guzzling crop in the state, should mend ways and accord priority to energy.

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